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SVEC Warns of Green Dot Payment Scam

Apr 03, 2014

MT. CRAWFORD - Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) member recently lost a substantial amount of money as a result of several calls from a Green Dot Visa card scammer.  In the past, although not in this circumstance, the scammers have been able to manipulate their phone number so that it appeared the call originated from a legitimate SVEC phone number.  The Cooperative wants to make its members aware of this form of fraud, called “spoofing,” which has added another dimension to the scam.

City recognized for excellence in financial reporting

Mar 31, 2014

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to City of Winchester by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).
The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.
This is the 22nd consecutive year the  City has received this honor.

Park stepping up enforcement of safety rules at Skate Pavilion

Mar 31, 2014

With the warmer weather on the way, the Winchester Parks and Recreation Department (WPRD) is gearing up for an active season at Jim Barnett Park, the City's 170-acre feature park.
"We are inspecting the outdoor pool water lines and field irrigation systems, tuning up our lawn mowers, and conducting a thorough spring cleaning," said Jennifer Jones, Winchester Parks & Recreation Director. "We are also reviewing all of our policies and procedures to ensure that everyone at the Park has a fun and safe experience."

April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

Mar 28, 2014

The April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Winchester Department of Social Services is partnering with the Virginia Coalition for Child Abuse Prevention, the Virginia Department of Social Services and Prevent Child Abuse Virginia to raise awareness about the role everyone can play in valuing children and strengthening families.  This April, the Winchester Department of Social Services will be participating in several activities (see schedule below) with the hope that the community will get involved and help stop child abuse.
2014 Schedule of Activities

City Receives 2013 VA Main Street Milestone Award

Mar 21, 2014

On Wednesday, March 19, 2014 the Old Town Development Board and the City of Winchester were presented with a Virginia Main Street Milestone Achievement Award for the dedication of over 35,000 volunteer hours to the revitalization of the downtown’s historic commercial district.

Founder of SEAL Team Six to Speak in Winchester

Mar 19, 2014

The Winchester Police Department invites you to come hear Richard Marcinko speak on leadership, teamwork, and motivation.  The event is free and open to the public.  The presentation will be held on Friday, April 11th from 1 – 5 p.m. at Shenandoah University in Halpin-Harrison Hall, Stimpson Auditorium. 

Annual hydrant flushing begins March 17

Mar 17, 2014

The City of Winchester will begin the annual program of testing and flushing all of the 1,200 fire hydrants within the City the week of March 17th and will continue with this effort through June. Customers may notice some discolored water as a result of this program, but no customers will be without water. This discoloration consists primarily of harmless silt and minerals that build up in the water mains and does not affect the safety of the water.

Officers Stepping Up Patrols for this Weekend

Mar 14, 2014

The Winchester Police Department wants to remind those celebrating St. Patrick’s Day to pack a little extra green this year to ensure they can pay for a safe ride home.  The police department will have increased patrols throughout the city beginning tonight through Monday.  The patrols will be specifically targeting drunk drivers. 

Burglary at Local Food Pantry

Mar 12, 2014

The Winchester Police Department is investigating a burglary at Adventist Community Services. Just before 1 p.m. officers responded to Seventh-Day Adventist Church in the 1500 block of Valley Avenue. When officers arrived they found that someone had damaged three doors at the food pantry and gained entry through one of the doors. Nonperishable and perishable food items were taken as well as wrapping paper.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Crime Solvers HOTLINE at 540-665-TIPS. Information leading to the arrest of a suspect could result in a reward.